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Darian joined Ignite Afterschool in 2023 as the part-time Program Associate for Issue Education and Grant Programs. In this role, Darian brings young people and others together to address barriers that prevent young people from participating in community-based opportunities that support their learning and leadership. He also helps support grantees in Ignite’s Believe and Build Afterschool Grant program.
Growing up on the east side of Saint Paul with seven siblings raised by a single mother, Darian has always been passionate about improving the lives of those around him. He spent his childhood attending quality summer camps, sports, and afterschool programs, which inspired him to create similar opportunities for other young people. Since 2017, Darian has been actively involved in non-profit work and is best known for co-founding World Youth Connect, an organization that aims to connect young people around the world to work towards creating a better future. He also serves on a nonprofit board of directors and has been a grant reviewer for community grant programs. Currently, Darian is a first-generation college student at Saint Paul College pursuing a degree in organizational leadership.
Devin joined Ignite Afterschool in May 2023 in order to support school-age care accreditation and continuous improvement. Devin has 20 years experience in a variety of roles in the youth development filed with most of her career in youth camping.
As Executive Director, Kari ensures Ignite’s core work advances the organization’s mission, builds strategic partnerships, and support our Board of Directors. Please contact Kari with any press or media inquiries.
Kari joined Ignite Afterschool in 2013 to help build a strong, united voice for afterschool throughout Minnesota. Before joining Ignite, Kari spent seven years at the City of Saint Paul advancing Mayor Chris Coleman’s bold educational vision, and also as director of Sprockets, the city’s afterschool network. Kari has nearly 20 years of experience as youth worker, youth program manager and community organizer. A contributor to numerous whitepapers and a frequent presenter at industry conferences, Kari studied youth policy and public and nonprofit management at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and was trained at the Organizing Apprenticeship Project and the National Training and Information Center.
Keem is a dedicated, creative, and highly qualified youth development professional. He has over 10 years of experience working in the youth development field within both community and education-based settings. Keem has demonstrated expertise in leading, coaching, supervising, and working collaboratively with professional staff and youth. With a strong passion for high quality youth programs, Keem has developed a passion and love for training staff, and became an expert in building capacity in youth work professionals. He is accepting of all populations of diverse cultural, linguistic, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and has strong interpersonal, oral, written, and public presentation skills. Keem is driven by new challenges, is a lifelong learner, and is a student of the Ella Baker philosophy of servant leadership and supporting others.
As the part-time Program Associate for Professional Development and Learning, Po is focused on developing resources and tools for virtual learning and in-person professional development opportunities.
Po has a strong desire to empower young people in his community. He spent the majority of his childhood in a refugee camp, where he and his family faced religious and ethnic persecution. He arrived in the United States over 12 years ago and has made it his mission to assist other Karen youth in Minnesota. Po joined Ignite Afterschool in 2023 and brings over five years of experience as a recreation leader where we coached soccer and mentored youth. Most recently, Po helped to found World Youth Connect, a youth-led non-profit organization in Saint Paul. When he is not at Ignite, you can find him at World Youth Connect supporting young people to lead in their community and working towards his bachelor’s degree.
Angel has been a youth work professional since 2004, directing programs in mental health, school-based, and community-based settings. She is currently the Director of Programs for the Duluth Community School Collaborative, a nonprofit intermediary and OST program provider in partnership with Duluth Public Schools. Angel has a BA in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Women's Studies from the College of St. Catherine. She has earned several youth work action research fellowships, authored an article for the Journal of Youth Development, and contributed to the Hubert Project E-Study, A Youth Work Lens on Human Development. Angel has served on the board of directors and the continuous program improvement workgroup at Ignite since 2020. Angel lives in rural Duluth and loves celebrating nature with her partner, their daughter, a fat cat, and five (very unnatural) chickens.
Cani Adan has served as the Program Coordinator at Afro American Development association Minnesota- North Dakota. He has more than 12 years of experience in Workforce development, Youth and Women Empowerment, and Human Rights.
Cani has been appointed by the superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools ISD #152 as a member of the leadership task force through carrying out interviews, surveys to students and parents, and teachers and recommendations about the general teaching of the school, healthy classroom, strategy, parent teachers’ connections, issues of discrimination and bridging the gap between New Americans parents and the students and the administration.
Mukund’s professional career over the last 25 years spans global industrial and health care markets requiring interaction with cross-functional, multi-cultural teams. A strong leader with personal initiative and commitment, able to motivate through articulating a vision and executing it through clear communication, team work, organization and planning. Among the organizations he has worked for, including General Motors, Medtronic and 3M Company, Mukund has had positions of responsibility in running businesses, portfolio management and strategic planning. Mukund has served as a volunteer with several Twin Cities organizations and hopes to bring these skills to Ignite Afterschool.
Mukund graduated with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, New York, followed by a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Natalya (she/her/ella) consistently works to support, guide, and expand opportunities for low-income and BIPOC communities to access and engage with information, education, networks, and resources. Motivated by the institutional barriers that she experienced, Natalya became passionate about out-of-school time support through accessible community education and capacity-building.
Natalya has work experience in government, non-profits, and higher education. Prior to her current role as the Local Program Coordinator with CEED, she was the Coordinator for a culturally specific, college access and mentorship program: Youth in Action (YA!) at CLUES. In an effort to engage her students to connect more deeply with themes and discussions, she redesigned the program's curriculum to follow our ever-changing socio-political contexts.
Natalya holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Augsburg University and is a certified ELL teacher.
In her free time, Natalya enjoys creating colorful beaded jewelry, decorating her home with unique second-hand finds, making tea, and spending quality time with her friends, family, and cats.
Tracie Clanaugh has served as a leader in the field of Youth Development since 1990 when she began her career at the Duluth Area Family YMCA. At the YMCA she has served as Youth and Family Program Director, YMCA Camp Miller Director and has most recently serves as Executive Director of the Community Services Branch of the YMCA. In addition to the Duluth YMCA she worked with ten school districts in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; securing and implementing a 10 district 21st Century Community Learning Center project in 3 counties. Her work as a leader includes extensive staff and volunteer training, collaborative leadership in a number of collaborations that work to serve youth in our community and management of high-quality program that align with the mission of our organization.